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Online dating is the domain of bedroom males, whereas in the non-virtual world of speed dating, women rule – and that’s no bad thing.
The evening begins with the surreal terror of a lifestyle coach pointing out body language techniques and what we should all be looking out for as 50 people simultaneously sit on their hands and try not to make eye contact.
Anybody who is single nowadays is either A) happy to be on their own, B) incredibly picky or C) a poet.
Back in your granddad’s day men had to prise women off the walls of a dance hall and prove their worth as a dancer in order to get a peck on the cheek.
But not before they’d taken a camera phone snap of me haplessly holding a big card with the legend ‘singles night score card’ emblazoned across it, lest there be any confusion on Facebook as to my tragic state of affairs.
To be fair, my friends’ ‘fight or flight’ instinct turns out to be a perfectly predictable male response in the face of such public exposure.
A straw poll during drinks after the event proved that nearly all the women found ‘Barry’ (name changed to protect the guilty) had been offensive, rude and 'quite scary'. And that’s why singles nights should be classified under ‘good clean fun’ and not, as some men might think, ‘public exposure as a desperate emotional recidivist’.
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Perfect for those whose overwhelming fear is that conversation may dry up.It was a touching and - if you’ll pardon the expression - loin-girding gesture, the classically celebrated love two men can have for each other where one gives up his Saturday footie to accompany the other to a 35-50 singles night.Unfortunately, I forgot the oft-quoted maxim that ‘all men are b*****ds’, as I’d only got as far as the front door and signed in before the pair of them had buggered off in terror.There are any number of sites to help you find your perfect match, or failing that someone who shares your love of Lego Minifigures.As well as your standard dating sites, most also offer apps which simplify even further the process of finding a date.
A bit like a blind date but with the people who set it up also being present to oversee the blossoming relationship of mutual friends. Many people view dating as a single persons pursuit, but a new website has carved a niche for itself setting up people who want to have their cake and eat it.